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Hyundai Venue 2020 first look: is this micro-SUV "the place to be"?


Hyundai has released the first design sketches of its all-new Venue SUV - a bite-sized high-rider designed to sit beneath the Kona in the brand's line-up.

The Venue (or, as the company calls it, "the place to be") will be revealed in the metal the New York Motor Show next week, before the brand's "most affordable" SUV lands in Australia towards the end of this year.

"Venue symbolises a trendy, unique style, perfect for Hyundai’s newest, smallest and most affordable SUV," says Hyundai. "The vehicle embodies the characteristics of ‘the place to be’, en route to the final destination, wherever that may be."

It's hard to take too much from the design sketches, but the images do show a chunky and tough-looking design, with pronounced body lines and, at least on the upper-spec models, shining alloys. Inside, the sketches reveal a textured and layered dash, with an Apple CarPlay equipped infotainment screen mounted in the centre.

While other details remain thin on the ground, CarsGuide has before reported that the Venue is expected to arrive at less than 4.0m in length, and will likely arrive as a front-wheel drive only.

Reports suggest the Venue will make use of a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol three-cylinder engine, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, though further engine details are yet to be revealed.

Does the Venue look like "the place to be"? Tell us in the comments below.